Moncherry Says He Leaves The RSLPF Better Than Before He Took Over

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Outgoing Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, believes he has left the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) in better shape than before he took over.

Moncherry was appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Security, effective Monday.

He  says he took over a demotivated RSLPF in 2016.

He explained that this was due to the IMPACS saga and the way then Police Commissioner Vernon Francois left office.

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“A number of officers were disgruntled, demoralised,” he recalled.

However Moncherry explained that during his tenure he was able to work on that.

As a result, he expressed the view that the organisation is better than when he took over.

He said he was able to review many of the RSLPF’s policies and implement strategies that would lower crime.

“Generally, during the time I was there, notwithstanding that for some years we had issues with homicides, we had reductions in all areas of other crimes during my tenure,” Moncherry observed.

According to the former police chief, the crime detection rate was at its highest during his time.

The former police chief said he leaves with his integrity intact and his faith in Almighty God well grounded.

He spoke during an appearance Wednesday night on the Hot Television programme ‘The Hot Seat’.

Moncherry expressed the view that most of the strategic plans of the RSLPF will continue long after he has left.

The former police chief said he sees his move as an opportunity for advancement.

“I do not see it as something that I was removed – I was elevated,” he asserted.

He was responding to a question about  being asked to leave office prematurely and whether it could tarnish his legacy.

Moncherry said he considers it an honour to serve in his new position.

He said in his new job, he will be advising the Police Commissioner and the Prime Minister.

The former top cop thanked members of the RSLPF .

According to Moncherry,  they gave him their full support during his tenure.

And he also thanked the executive of the RSLPF, declaring that without their support he could not have achieved anything.

The 54 year old joined the RSLPF on January 16, 1985 and became Police Commissioner on April 1, 2016.

Milton Desir, who served as his Deputy, succeeds him as Commissioner.

Headline photo: Severin Moncherry (Image courtesy Hot 7 TV)

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